U.S. flag travels from Afghanistan to Utica


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A United States flag that flew over an air base in Afghanistan flew over Utica's City Hall, Thursday.

The flag, that flew over Bagram Air Base, was flown in Utica in honor of Sgt. Kristen Vescera-Sears, a Utica resident who serves with the U.S. Army Reserve's 320th Psychological Operation Company.

She was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2102, and came back to the States just two months ago.

Kristen is currently in California and could not be present at the ceremony, but her father, Utica Common Council Member Frank Vescera and mother, Gloria, were there for the celebration.

Following the flag raising, it was then lowered to half staff in honor of those killed in this week's shootings at the Naval Yard in Washington D.C.

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